13 Biopics Based On Famous Indian Freedom Fighters

13 Biopics Based On Famous Indian Freedom Fighters

15 Dec 18 @ 12:19 PM | By Ravi

Being a true Indian one may find it hard to forget India’s struggle to gain freedom from the clutches of the British. The sacrifices made by thousands of Indians pre-independence cannot be forgotten. But as they say freedom comes with a lot of responsibilities, we have been successful to some extent in keeping our unity and integrity intact. The contribution made by our Bollywood film makers has been laudable as they have time and again brought alive some of our famous freedom fighter characters on screen. As India gets a year older webring to you 11 prominent freedom fighters biopics which reminisced their contribution towards India’s freedom struggle.

 

  • Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy (2019)

    Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy was noted to be one of the first freedom fighters of India. He started freedom rebellion against the British10 years earlier than Indian Rebellion of 1857. The brave man rebelled against the British occupation and Tax system of India in Rayalaseema. Acclaimed South Indian actor Chiranjeevi is portraying the role of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy in the upcoming period drama film Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy.

    Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy
    Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy
  • Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi (2019)

    Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi is an upcoming Bollywood movie which will cast a light on the life of India’s female freedom fighter Rani Lakshmi Bai, who was the queen of Jhansi. She was one of the leading and important figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. She, a fiercely strong woman, set an example for many men and women to fight for India’s freedom. Kangana Ranaut will be seen portraying Rani Laxmi Bai in this upcoming historical biographical movie.

    Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi
    Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi
  • Chapekar Brothers (2016)

    ‘Chapekar Brothers’, the latest biopic made by director Devendar Kumar Pandey on the lesser known Indian revolutionary brothers, Damodar Hari Chapekar, Balkrishna Hari Chapekar and Vasudeo Hari Chapekar who were involved in the assassination of W. C. Rand, the British plague commissioner of Pune in 1896. The film tells the story of these three brothers who belonged to a small hamlet near Chinchwad named Chapa in the state of Maharashtra, India and how they fought against the atrocities meted out to them by the British.

    Chapekar Brothers (2016)
    Chapekar Brothers (2016)
  • Jhansi Ki Rani (1953)

    Set against the backdrop of India’s first Mutiny in 1857, this Sohrab Modi directorial was credited as the first technicolor film of India which showcased queen Lakshmibai’s revolt against the British. The titular role was played by Mehtab, Sohrab Modi’s real wife whereas he himself played the role of her royal adviser, Rajguru. ‘Rani of Jhansi’ remains one of the landmark films of Indian cinema.

    Jhansi Ki Rani (1953)
    Jhansi Ki Rani (1953)
  • Shaheed Bhagat Singh (1963) / Shaheed (1965) / The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) / Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh (2002) / Shaheed: 23 March 1931 (2002)

    Arguably the second most famous Indian martyr after Mahatma Gandhi whose character was brought alive on screen on a number of occasions. A number of actors played Shaheed Bhagat Singh and portrayed the inspiring short life of one of India’s youngest martyrs who was hanged by the British in 1931 at the age of 23 years. Of the lot, Manoj Kumar’s ‘Shaheed’ (1965) is remembered the most.

    Shaheed Bhagat Singh (1963) / Shaheed (1965) / The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) / Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh (2002) / Shaheed: 23 March 1931 (2002)
    Shaheed Bhagat Singh (1963) / Shaheed (1965) / The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) / Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh (2002) / Shaheed: 23 March 1931 (2002)
  • Gandhi (1983) / The Making of the Mahatma (1996)

    Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation is one character which has been portrayed the most on screen played by various actors. The closest and most famous was Richard Attenborough’s Oscar winning film ‘Gandhi’ which displayed everything about the man. The other film that came close to it was Shyam Benegal’s ‘The Making of the Mahatma’ which basically dealt with his South Africa tenure and how he acquired the title of Mahatma.

    Gandhi (1983) / The Making of the Mahatma (1996)
    Gandhi (1983) / The Making of the Mahatma (1996)
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  • Sardar (1993)

    Director Ketan Mehta’s take on the iron man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Written by noted play writer Vijay Tendulkar, actor Paresh Rawal’s portrayal of one of India’s greatest freedom fighter was brilliant. The film was a depiction of how he was inspired to join the freedom struggle, his differences with Nehru and getting together the princely states to join the Indian union. A must-watch for the younger generation to know in depth about Sardar.

    Sardar (1993)
    Sardar (1993)
  • Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar (2000)

    Malayalam actor Mammootty’s portrayal of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar got him a National award in 2001. Made in English language and later dubbed and released in other languages, the film tells the story of the life and times of Babasaheb Ambedkar who was India’s prime architect in shaping the constitution. Directed by Jabbar Patel, the film gained critical acclaim.

    Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar (2000)
    Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar (2000)
  • Shaheed Udham Singh (2000)

    Shaheed Udham Singh alias Ram Mohd. Singh Azaad’s contribution towards India’s freedom came quite late among Indians before he was declared a martyr. The movie was based on the life of Shaheed Udham Singh who spent his whole life to punish Michael O'Dwyer, the British Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab who ordered the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar in 1919. Actor Raj Babbar portrayed the role of the freedom fighter with ably supported by Juhi Chawla and Shatrughan Sinha.

    Shaheed Udham Singh (2000)
    Shaheed Udham Singh (2000)
  • Veer Savarkar (2001)

    ‘Veer Savarkar’ was based on the life and contribution of controversial freedom fighter, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar who protested against the British colonial rule and escaped from the clutches of the British when held prisoner in one of their jails. Though many didn’t consider his contribution as vital towards India’s freedom but later all doubts were put to rest when enough proof was produced in support of his integrity. The title role of the slain freedom fighter was played by Shailendra Gaur.

    Veer Savarkar (2001)
    Veer Savarkar (2001)
  • Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2004)

    A biographical on India’s forgotten independence leader hero, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Written and directed by Shyam Benegal, the film was a depiction of Netaji’s quest to tie-up with different countries around the world to spread India’s struggle against the British which also included events leading to the formation of the ‘Azad Hind Fauj’. Sachin Khedekar’s portrayal of Netaji won him accolades.

    Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2004)
    Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2004)
  • Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005)

    Director Ketan Mehta came up with yet another biopic, this time on the life and times of the martyred soldier named Mangal Pandey. Mangal Pandey was the first soldier who began the revolt of 1857, the first battle against the tyranny of the British rule. Aamir Khan lived the role brilliantly but couldn’t save it from sinking at the box-office.

    Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005)
    Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005)
  • Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010) / Chittagong (2012)

    Both these films were based on the Chittagong Uprising against the British rule in 1930. The film featured the unsung freedom fighter named Surjya Sen aka Masterda who architected one of the first revolts in the east against the British at Chittagong, now in Bangladesh. Actors Abhishek Bachchan and Manoj Bajpai reprised the role of the same in respective films.

    Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010) / Chittagong (2012)
    Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010) / Chittagong (2012)